Cohasset TM votes to negotiate purchase of Senior Center

It’s not a done deal, but pretty close to done. Town Hall says negotiations with Marita Carpenter of the Social Service League of Cohasset may come to fruition as soon as July.

Selectman Steve Gaumer said the Board of Selectmen spent many executive sessions pondering the merits of purchasing or leasing the newly build Senior Center at 91 Sohier Street, presently owned by Marita Carpenter, president of the Social Service League of Cohasset.  It was to be a gift, but the League ran into fundraising problems and the league is now offering the $3.5 million building to the Town for just under $1M.

Town Meeting voted to negotiate the purchase of the building for that price in a unanimous vote.

Vice Chair Selectman Steve Gaumer said the Selectmen had not come to its 5-0 vote to negotiate a purchase easily. “But we believe this motion will produce an asset of which we can be proud.”

Advisory Chair Peter Pescatore said his board voted 8-1 in favor of the motion to acquire the building. He said he and his board considered this to be an opportunity. Capital Budget voted 3-0 in favor.

Andrew Willard was the only honest person in Sullivan Gym at Cohasset Annual Town Meeting last Saturday. He said:

1. We were told it was going to be no cost.

2. We were told the Senior Center would be not built until all the money was in.

3. We were told it would be complete.

4. We were told Town Meeting would get to vote on it.

After all four points Willard said “Not True.” He then pointed to many other catastrophes: The Cook Estate, The Water Department. he wanted to know what kind of money this would draw from the new Town Hall, from Solar panels at the high school, from a new Town Hall.

Willard said he hoped the new Senior Center would not come back to haunt us.

In the end, even Willard voted for the Senior Center.

If he didn’t, his nay was too small to hear.

 

 

 

© Copyright 2015 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed
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